On April 14th a petition calling for a legislated ban on nuclear wastes was presented to Premier Wall?s government. The 4,800 names were collected after Bruce Power announced its proposal to build nuclear power plants along the North Saskatchewan River. Representatives from several member groups of the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan attended in support. This included RPIC (Renewable Energy the Intelligent Choice) and Council of Canadians from Prince Albert, the Fort Qu'Appelle ecumenical group KAIROS and "Clean Greens" from Regina and Saskatoon.
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Premier says province not in the "mood" for waste
Member groups of the Coalition attended the Saskatchewan Legislature on April 14, 2011 to present a petition calling for a ban on nuclear waste disposal in the province.
I don’t believe it would be good for Saskatchewan to “host” a nuclear waste dump. And there are indications that most Saskatchewan people feel the same way. Past polls have shown widespread opposition to bringing nuclear wastes here, and 80% of those participating in the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP) consultations in 2009 opposed a nuclear dump. But we know that popular democracy doesn’t necessarily win out in these David and Goliath conflicts. So what are the main challenges those wanting a nuclear waste ban will face?
There are many people across Saskatchewan that worry that a First Nations or Métis community will make a private deal with industry to create a nuclear dump in the province. This raises fundamental issues about protecting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and Canada’s democracy. It’s therefore a good time to refresh our memories about what national Aboriginal groups have said about this matter. Here I will look at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN); however the Métis Council of Canada (MCC) has said similar things.